Your Vote Can Bring HG Wells’ Time Machine to Life – in LEGO!

Well regarded as the father of science fiction, HG Wells is synonymous with Martian invasions, invisible men, time travel and… Lego? This fantastic recreation of The Time Machine (2002 movie of the same title), comes from Lego enthusiast Darren Jones. … Continue reading Your Vote Can Bring HG Wells’ Time Machine to Life – in LEGO!

Every Black Day EP sampler review

I first met Dave Redford from Every Black Day at a video shoot for another band The Storm Trees. Richard Nettleship had asked for steampunks as extras in his video and we both gave our time to help make it happen. I reported on it, which you can see by following this link. Dave is also a member of Sheffield Steampunk Society so when we saw each other again – admittedly a year or so later – he gave me a CD which contains a selection of the band’s music. Every Black Day have been around since 2012 and have been working the local gig scene … Continue reading Every Black Day EP sampler review

The Dark Design – Three Wishes EP review

While at the Phoenix Alternative Festival, one of the acts I managed to watch was The Dark Design. The band aren’t a typical three-piece. Not only in the way that there can be anything up to ten of them. But that they inject steampunk directly into the operation of their percussion. Steampunk influences bands in many ways; be it through lyrical content, instruments used, fashion or character development. Othneil and co go about it somewhat differently though. According to legend their percussion system is operated by a long deceased member of the band called Daphne Desilva. It’s actually an automaton percussive system designed, built and operated … Continue reading The Dark Design – Three Wishes EP review

Are Steampunks Running the Risk of Losing their Polite Reputation?

Datamancer Seafarer keyboard £1,372.69The internet is a wonderful place. It holds all of human wisdom and knowledge. It’s a place where you can go and voice your opinion knowing that someone out there will see it. Over the years it’s gotten to be a place where the people who would normally simply sound off to a few friends in the pub now have a platform of thousands, if not millions to listen to them. Continue reading “Are Steampunks Running the Risk of Losing their Polite Reputation?”

An interview with Andy Pan Within – PART ONE

andy dolan and his wife michelle
Andy and his wife Michelle run Whitby Steampunk Weekend

You may know Andy Dolan by various other names; Andy Pan Within, Hubcap Diamondstar or even possibly Jam Man. It’s like he’s trying to avoid detection by Interpol, but it’s nothing like that. The organiser of Whitby Steampunk Weekend has acquired these names throughout his life. His fascination with the God Pan from Greek mythology, coupled with a love of the song Pan Within by The Waterboys gave him his current moniker. But what about Hubcap? “Hubcap is a nickname acquired during childhood from friends because I was into T. Rex and was always singing Get It On (Hubcap Diamondstar Halo is in the lyrics).” Obviously his nickname Jam Man comes from his company Decadent Preserves. Continue reading “An interview with Andy Pan Within – PART ONE”